How to Decorate a Dorm Room Yourself: DIY Dorm Decor Ideas

Dorm rooms tend to be pretty basic, but that doesn’t mean you can’t transform your space — without shelling out big bucks. Put another notch in your creative belt and try your hand at DIY dorm décor. These relatively inexpensive, quick, and easy ideas are perfect for college students. Don’t let limited time and a tight budget keep you from having a dorm room that feels just like home.

Add a Dose of Color

Since you won’t be in your dorm room for long, temporary art is a great solution for adding a bit of design flavor to an otherwise dull environment. Whether it’s sticking a few decals on the walls, the mini-fridge, or even your non-upholstered chair, take things up a notch with colorful images and fun patterns.

Consider using washi tape — known for never leaving damage or residue and coming in a rainbow of options — to add color to everyday objects. Wrap your favorite tape around Mason jars or tin cans to create a matching desk accessory set to keep your school essentials organized and at your fingertips. Give your bookshelves a facelift and create your own bookends by transforming everyday objects into colorful additions. Visit a local thrift shop for quirky finds, and spray paint them the color of your choice.

Easy Enhancements

If things are still feeling bare, try hanging an area rug on the wall for an extra pop and to tie the room’s décor together. It’s a simple way to make a big impact in the room. Still got that washi tape handy? Use temporary mounting putty to affix a huge collage of your favorite photographs to the wall, and outline each one with a “frame” made from washi tape.

Another idea is to add a houseplant or two for extra company. There are a lot of benefits to bringing the outside in, especially if you choose a plant with air purification properties. You can even build a modern plant stand using budget-friendly hardware like wooden dowels and brass fittings. If you aren’t in the building mood, then purchase a few succulents, and deposit them in hand-painted pots. Low maintenance and minimalist appeal is just what your temporary small space needs.

Now, Really Get Crafty

To really try your hand at DIY dorm décor, skip the store-bought pillows and create something unique to call your own. Dress up your bed comforter with custom marbled pillow covers or a dip-dye look — choosing your favorite colors is half the fun. You can even add ribbons and pom-poms to them for an added layer of craftiness and detail. Don’t forget to make a matching set of curtains while you’re at it — your windows will thank you for the little something extra. Use any leftover fabric to create a pouf for your feet. If you still need something more to make your dorm room feel welcoming, then weave your unworn T-shirts into a one-of-a-kind doormat.

Keep your personal style up-to-date even when you move out of the dorm and into your first off-campus apartment. At CORT Furniture Rental, you’ll find everything you need to keep your new place feeling like home.

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